A child sounding out and reading their first words A patient getting out of bed for the first time in months A book that was started An idea that you believe in and pitched Trying your hardest even in defeat
Success is a subjective thing.
Don’t let someone else define your own success metrics.
You know what they are. I’m talking about Beanie Babies.
These little, bead-filled, high quality, plush toys that created a mania in the mid-1990’s.
I was there and saw it all (almost).
This book is funny and at times shocking. People were obsessed with this product and paid tremendous amounts of money (thousands of dollars for one toy) for what they believed was an investable collectible.
I have a few Beanie Babies from that era myself. Today, you can buy bulk lots of them on eBay for nominal amounts.
This books is about hype and what happens when mania sets into the consumer mentality. I really enjoyed this one and you can get a FREE copy at your local library or purchase one HERE (I always recommend buying used to save money – used hardcovers are $2.42 at the time of this writing).
There’s this concept known as the Peter Principle, where leaders are promoted beyond their competency and have to “fake it till they make it.”
As it turns out, this is a very common phenomenon.
It happens at every level of leadership.
It would be unwise for a leader to pretend they know everything and that all decision-making has to come unilaterally through them. No one knows everything and it’s bad form to appear as such.
The better approach is to empower your people to be leaders themselves. Rely on their experiences and expertise. This is a much better approach that will lead to better morale, performance, and outcomes.
I remember showing my grandmother my iPhone shortly before she passed away. She could not believe what she was seeing. I was showing her the thousands of pictures I had on the device, some dating back decades that I had saved to the cloud.
Her exact words were, “this is a treasure.”
There’s a special kind of magic in innovation. When something comes along that is paradigm shifting. It doesn’t have to be a product or service. It can just be an idea.
It’s comfortable to be normal and stay inside the lines.
The real magic happens when you step out, when you try something new, when you challenge a norm, when you innovate.